McDonogh tackles No. 1 Calvert Hall, 1-0

Mount St. Joe's St. Martin gets 100th victory

Fall sports

High Schools

October 13, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Heading into yesterday's boys soccer showdown against No. 1 Calvert Hall and trailing the Cardinals by one game in the standings, McDonogh coach Steve Nichols told his players the game provided a golden opportunity to get back on top of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

And in a game marred by hard tackles, four yellow cards and two ejections, freshman Chris Agorsor's goal with eight minutes left in the first half was the difference in a 1-0 victory for the No. 3 Eagles.

McDonogh (10-3-1 overall, 8-1-1 MIAA) dominated much of the play but was unable to distance itself from the feisty Cardinals (12-1-2, 8-1-1), who missed an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds when Ernest Jackson's close-range shot rolled wide of the net.

An elated Nichols said the win put his team in solid position to defend its MIAA crown and earn a bye in the first round of the conference playoffs.

"We wanted to come back and prove that we deserved to be with them in first, or that we belonged at the top," Nichols said. "Our kids had that edge in the first half. Obviously, when you play a team with pride like Calvert Hall, which has a great program just like us, you knew they would come out in the second half and battle to make it more difficult."

After playing to a scoreless tie in their first meeting, the teams came out aggressively from the opening whistle and the fouls became increasingly harder as the first half wore on. With 23 minutes left in the half, McDonogh midfielder Wade McHugh and Calvert Hall forward Joe Malstrom were ejected for getting into a tussle after a hard foul on the Cardinals' Christian Barreiro. That scrum set the tone for the remainder of the match as both teams tried to bully their way to victory.

The only goal of the game came when Agorsor took a long pass from Xavier Rock on a quick counterattack, played the ball past two Calvert Hall defenders and then slotted it past Cardinals goalie Kyle Wittman.

No. 2 Loyola 3, St. Paul's 1 -- Tim Dubyoski scored twice as the visiting Dons (10-2-4) beat the Crusaders. St. Paul's Garrett Quinn made five saves, three more than Loyola's Andrew Smith.

No. 5 Mount St. Joseph 2, John Carroll 0 -- Tyrone Hall scored the game-winner for the host Gaels (12-2-3) 34 minutes into the first half. Ben Pfau added an insurance goal 15 minutes into the second half for the shutout over the Patriots. It was the 100th victory for Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin. "It just means I've been blessed with some good players," St. Martin said. Mount St. Joseph's Ryan McDonald and Nick Smith each made a save in the shutout.

No. 6 Fallston 2, High Point 1 -- Andy Stromberg scored the game-winner with 20 minutes left in the game for the visiting Cougars (11-0). Tim Gill gave Fallston a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the first half. The Cougars led the Eagles (5-6) 2-0 before High Point scored late in the game.

Cross country

Run From the Lion's Den -- Westminster took three of four individual and both team crowns in the event at Liberty. Sophomore Allison Eaton (20:34) took home the girls individual title. The No. 7 girls team compiled 63 points courtesy of top-22 outings from Eaton, senior Lindsay Southworth (ninth place in 21:27), freshman Ali Thompson (10th, 21:33), senior Caitlyn Pyle (21st, 22:35) and freshman Casey Haddaway (22nd, 22:39). Linganore senior Kyle Ryan's victory in 16:53 prevented the sweep, but the No. 6 boys squad collected the team crown with 41 points thanks to top-16 showings from senior Rob Kelvey (second, 17:21), junior Brendan Dulaney (fourth, 17:38), senior Josh Vana (eighth, 18:03), junior Jacob Sisler (11th, 18:07) and junior Chris McDaniels (16th, 18:31).

Field hockey

Elkton 1, No. 6 Fallston 0 -- Michelle Drummond scored on a corner with 12 minutes left in the second half as the Golden Elks (3-6) upset the visiting Cougars (7-3). Elkton's Laura Bedfaul made seven saves, four more than Fallston's Megan Sadowski.

No. 8 South River 3, Annapolis 1 -- Abigail McNair had a hat trick to power the host Seahawks (10-2) past the Panthers.

Girls soccer

No. 11 Notre Dame Prep 2, Seton Keough 1 -- Senior Alex Gibbons scored the game-winner for the visiting Blazers (6-4) off an assist from Julia Bouchelle in double overtime.

No. 7 C. Milton Wright 1, Fallston 0 -- Sophomore Lyndsie Ludwig scored her third overtime game-winner of the season with one minute left in the second overtime as the host Mustangs (7-1) defeated the Cougars.

Todd Karpovich and Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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